Ethics Bowl at the Prindle Institute

A different kind of debate at a different kind of place.

Ethics bowl is a debate-style competition that focuses on contemporary moral problems. Unlike typical debate competitions, the judging criterion focuses more on key elements of constructing a well-reasoned argument in a civil manner. The Prindle Institute for Ethics is home to a variety of opportunities to participate in ethics bowl programming. Learn more about all of the Prindle Institute’s ethics bowl opportunities below. Contact Emily Knuth ( to find out where you or your team might benefit from one of our ethics bowl opportunities.

Summer High School
Ethics Bowl Invitational

From June 25-27, 2020, high school ethics bowl teams that finish first- through fourth-place in their regional competitions from across the country will gather at the Prindle Institute to compete in our summer invitational. Teams and coaches get a taste of college life as they stay in DePauw student housing during the competition. All schools will receive a up to a $1000 reimbursement per team to offset transportation costs. Meals during the event are provided by the Prindle Institute. Registration for this event will open February 17 and close April 10, 2020. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Leslie Petiniot (

Indiana High School
Ethics Bowl Competition

Four high school students sitting behind a table discussing their strategy at a high school ethics bowl competition at the Prindle Institute
A student discussion takes place
in preparation for a debate

Each February, teams from high schools across Indiana gather at DePauw University and the Prindle Institute to compete for the opportunity to attend the national ethics bowl competition, hosted by the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. First- through fourth-place finishers at the Indiana High School Ethics Bowl are also eligible to compete in the Prindle Institute’s annual Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational each June.

Please contact Leslie Petiniot ( with any questions.

More about Indiana High School Ethics Bowl

DePauw University Ethics Bowl Team

The Prindle Institute has proudly sponsored DePauw teams competing in collegiate ethics bowl competitions for several years. Since 2004, DePauw’s teams have won or placed second at the Central States Regional competition six times and moved on to participate in the Ethics Bowl National Championship Competition. The 2012-2013 team emerged from the Seventeeth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship as the national champion. Professor of Philosophy Marcia McKelligan coaches the team and selects its members. Additional information about DePauw’s ethics bowl teams can be found here. Any DePauw student who is interested in joining the ethics bowl team should contact Marcia McKelligan (

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